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Rochester, NY

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Flatpicking and bluegrass technique, chords, improvisation and learning lots of tunes!

About Michelle
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Hi! My name is Michelle. I’m a professional guitar and banjo player, and music teacher! I teach all levels of classical guitar, acoustic guitar, bluegrass and folk guitar. I also specialize in all levels of clawhammer banjo, but also offer 3-finger Scruggs-style bluegrass banjo lessons. I also teach all styles and levels of ukulele from basic strumming patterns to fingerpicking chord melodies.

I cater my lessons to each individual student. I love teaching all levels, so don’t worry if you’ve never picked up an instrument in your life…there’s no such thing as a hopeless case!! I work on building a strong foundation of form and technique in all of my students regardless of level, whether
you’re just starting out or are a more experienced player with some bad habits to break or looking to add to your musical toolbox!

My formal training is classical, I have a Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin Conservatory and a Master’s degree from Eastman School of Music, both in classical guitar performance. That being said, I’m a little different than most classically trained teachers, in that I have traveled outside of the classical world to the folk traditions of old-time and bluegrass music, and I am very passionate about this music. I also tour regularly with a folk/Americana trio called Harpeth Rising, which combines both classical and folk traditions into original music (but don't worry, it won't interfere much with teaching!)

My teaching style reflects my combination of influences. My style is fluid, and I work with each student’s individual strengths and weaknesses create a learning environment that is comfortable, relaxed, and ultimately very effective. I also expect my students to schedule regular practicing into their daily routines, which is something I also help my students with.

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**Availability notice: As I am a touring musician, my availability is flexible. For online lessons, I may need to reschedule times while I'm on tour. For in person lessons, we may need to reschedule missed lesson while I'm on tour. This will happen infrequently, but I thought I'd give fair warning!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my own instrument, and I expect my students to have an instrument of their own. If you need help purchasing an instrument I have 8 years of experience and knowledge of fretted stringed instruments, so I am happy to help advise you once you purchase lessons!
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Laurie March 30, 2019
· Banjo · In studio
Michelle has been a patient and supportive Banjo instructor! As an adult learner with absolutely no experience with stringed instruments, my learning curve has been steep! Michelle is an expert musician! She is encouraging and makes lessons fun. I highly recommend Michelle! I consider myself so fortunate to have found her!!!
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Dan March 11, 2019
· Guitar · In home
Excellent technical knowledge for classical guitarists.
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Nicole March 9, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Michelle is a great instructor! Starting lessons as an adult I thought would be difficult, however she is very accommodating and helpful. She takes the time to figure out your strengths, as well as see what you can work on. Every suggestion she makes is helpful and beneficial. I’m excited to see where the lessons with her will go!
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About Michael L.

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Golden, CO

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I use a really fun and fast approach to getting any student to the next level by improving their technique and tone, increasing their fret board knowledge, and expanding their repertoire. 26 years experience teaching beginner to university and professional level students.

About Michael
Michael L. is a very versatile and highly sought after musician and teacher.

Michael performs at 275 functions a year, teaches 30 private bagpipe and guitar students a week, is an instructor of music at the University of Colorado at Denver, and runs his own recording studio where he composes and records music for film, video and commercials.

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Quick, fun approach to getting students at any level playing better/easier.

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I have all the toys!

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I provide all of the music and handouts.

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All levels all styles. From beginner to professional.
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Bob March 12, 2019
· Bagpipes · Online
Great patience and understanding
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Jack February 12, 2019
· Guitar · Online
We have had 4 or 5 lessons now with Michael and with each one, my 9 year old son learns so much. I'm amazed at the pace at which he is moving; Michael had him playing a song after his first lesson. We sometimes do lessons at Michael's location and other times on Skype. My son really likes Michael and he wants to work hard and keep learning. I highly recommend guitar with Michael.
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Penny A. September 25, 2018
· Bagpipes · Online
Michael is a very patient, kind and understanding. He is willing to assist in any way he can to help and support. Michael is a fabulous instructor! I look forward to my next lesson.
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About Michael C.

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Arvada, CO
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You pick the song, you pick the artist. Whether you want to study founding artists like Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs and The Osborne Brothers or more contemporary artist like Bela Fleck we can study chords, scales and modes, picking styles, soloing and accompany techniques used in these wonderful songs! Don't forget, Chodosh Guitar private lesson students enjoy free group classes where you can try out these skills you're developing!

About Michael
Hi, I'm Michael Chodosh. I have been a professional guitar player my entire life. I love playing, writing, performing and I love teaching music. It's fun for us both. I use systems to bring the best out of my students. I think everyone is happier when they reach their own potential while staying in their heart. My job is to help you do that on guitar! With your playing, whether that's just some strumming and reading or if you want to play standards like a pro or even shred like a monster. I can help guide you there and inspire you to reach those goals that you presently might not even realize you can achieve!

Thank you for looking into lessons with me. You've either started or you're about to improve a wonderful relationship with music! - Michael.
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Christopher M. March 25, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
I have confidence that this will work for me.
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Bill S. May 30, 2015
· Music Theory · In studio
I started taking lessons with Michal Chodosh to learn music theory and reading music. In the time I have worked with Michael, I have learned a lot. When I began lessons, I didn't know scales or modes, knew only basic chords and wasn't able to read sheet music. In addition to that, I was barely able to follow tablature. Michael has taught me about all of those items and more. Lessons with Michael are a lot of fun. There is always great interaction between students so that newer students can learn from both Michael and from other students while becoming comfortable with learning about the guitar. Deciding to take lessons from Michael was a great decision. I've thoroughly enjoyed learning how to play the guitar.
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David F. May 28, 2015
· Music Theory · In home
My introduction to Michael came when he sat in with a band I was playing with....I was so blown away by his playing, I ended up taking lessons from him.

Micheal has helped open up new frontiers in playing and theory for me without ever making me feel like a dummy for not knowing things. One of the best things about him is that his teaching style makes students feel comfortable, but also challenged.

Michael has the experience, patience, and knowledge to help everybody from beginners to working professionals learn and improve. Heck, he even taught me to sing my first legitimate vocal harmony.

Time with Michael Chodosh is time well spent!
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About Oliver H.

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Chicago, IL

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I am here to demystify the music world--with my teaching methods any student can accomplish their dreams! First, we will start with simple techniques to embark on your musical journey and work our way towards our lofty musical goals together.

Learning guitar requires a lot of patience and a good attitude. I focus on fundamental exercises to help any beginner guitar player reach an intermediate level. I cater my lessons to learn tunes that my students care about and love. I let them guide the work!

About Oliver
I specialize in upright bass, jazz bass, funk bass, bass technique, and rhythm. I will inspire a positive attitude and good practice habits that will help any student succeed. I’ve extensively studied jazz, latin jazz, funk, rock music, hip hop, bluegrass, folk, and composition.

I can also teach guitar, piano, drums, and voice. As a mulit-instrumentalist, jamming with my students is a priority. Being able to play with other musicians is one of the best feelings you’ll ever experience. I’m happy to take you there!

Recently, I helped one of my bass players get a scholarship to go to Berklee Summer Camp to study music.

I am very excited to continue my teaching on TakeLessons. I look forward to helping new students to become the musician of their dreams.

I've been playing professionally in Chicago for five years where I play up
right for a classical chamber pop group called the Nine Worlds Ensemble and for a jazz group with Frank Catalano, a popular Chicago sax-man. I co-managed, played upright bass, and sang for an ambient-folk band, Sedgewick, based in Chicago. I've played upright bass in the Frank Catalano and Jimmy Chamberlin (drummer for Smashing Pumpkins) super group and Bowmanville.

I am currently dreaming up my own jazz-inspired project called the ohm trio. Working on my debut record under my solo name ohm. Be on the look out!
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Parke January 28, 2019
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Going to be fun
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Megan October 24, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Oliver is a wonderful teacher. This is my daughter's second guitar teacher and what a difference from the first. He is enthusiastic, talented, patient and a lovely person. All qualities that truly make him the best instructor. She is learning quickly and really looks forward to her guitar lessons each week. So happy that we found him!
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YC W. October 8, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Would recommend! Oliver tailors classes to your level and goals. He is patient and gets excited about songs that you want to play.
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About Gary S.

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Cleveland, OH
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Gary is a professional touring/recording guitarist,composer
and member of PERE UBU, ROCKET FROM THE TOMBS AND THE LEGENDARY SHACK SHAKERS.
A Graduate of Berkee College of Music, he has over 30 years of experience teaching and performing. He specializes in Contemporary and Classical Guitar. Lessons focus on the application of Music Theory to Guitar to help students acquire strong compositional and songwriting skills, knowledge of chord construction, the ability to play scales proficiently, and gain necessary skills needed for solo improvisation. In addition to a wealth of teaching experience, he has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe and has numerous songwriting credits on international releases.

About Gary
Gary is a professional touring/recording guitarist and composer
most notably associated with PERE UBU, ROCKET FROM THE TOMBS AND THE LEGENDARY SHACK SHAKERS.
He has earned a reputation as a virtuosic live performer and highly sought after professional guitar instructor. In 2011, he joined Rocket from the Tombs for the USA 'Barfly' Tour, replacing Richard Lloyd(Television) in Peter Laughners’ former guitar position in the band. He has since toured regularly with Rocket From The Tombs throughout the United States and Europe, as well as co-writing and recording songs for 'Black Record' (2015, Fire Records). In 2016, he joined Pere Ubu and toured on the 'Coed Jail' Tour, followed by co-writing, recording and touring as a member of PERE UBU in support the '20 Years in a Montana Missile Silo' album (Cherry Red 2017). In 2017, he joined the
Legendary Shack Shakers and toured in support of their release “After You’ve gone” and appears in the official video for the song “Sing a worried song” from the album. In 2018, he toured with JD Wilkes and The legendary Shack Shakers in support of the release “Fire Dream”, in addition to more touring Europe with Pere Ubu.
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About John H.

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Macon, GA

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Bluegrass Rhythm and Lead . . . so you can play in a Bluegrass Band or join a Bluegrass Jam all over the country!!!!!
My goal is for you to fall in love with your instrument as a means of expressing yourself. If I had a tattoo it would read: "Music . . . the most powerful medium of expression known to man."
- Acoustic Guitar: Flat Pick, Finger Style, Strum Patterns, Melody with scales & licks
- Electric Guitar: Rhythm, Soloing, Scales & Modes, Power & Barre Chords
- Bass Guitar - Finger & Pick Style, Playing over Chords & Scales, Be the Bottom
- Drums: Basic Beats, Grooves & Fills, Separating Hands & Feet, Reading Music
- Keyboard: Chord Progressions, How to Play in a Band, Reading Chord Charts

About John
Started playing a Soprano Uke at an early age. Quickly moved to a Baritone Uke and wrote my first song at age 11. This also was the year that a Drum Set came into our house. I was in love with music . . . and still am after all these years!!
Hear are instruments I play professionally: Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar and Drum Set. I also have performed and led worship with the Electronic Keyboard. I can do beginner lessons in all of the above and Banjo, Mandolin & Fiddle.
Over the years I have enjoyed leading Worship Bands, forming Praise Teams, joining the "pit" for Musical Theater, Bluegrass Band, Solo Guitar & Voice and Background Music on the Keyboard. The list goes on and on and on AND the list is not finished yet. Have written quite a few songs and worked with other song writers on their pieces. If you hope to be a singer/son
gwriter . . . then I am your man! I can help with voice coaching and experienced critique of lyrics and chord selections.
Great success teaching the above instruments as well. The youngest student taught is 5 years old and the most mature was 72 years young!
I want you to know that I am a Christian. My love for Jesus continues to grow and I have always been careful to screen certain songs out of my repertoire and teaching.
Let me share with you My Love of Music and get you where you are hoping to go with yours.
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Kristin October 11, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
My son has taken guitar from Mr. Hughey for several years and has really enjoyed his lessons. Mr. Hughey is always so encouraging and positive. He not only cares about his progress in guitar but takes an interest In my sons other activities as well.
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Tommy September 24, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
John is a gifted musician and teacher and an even better person! He is very patient and can teach to any skill level. He was able to teach me, a non musician with no real musical talent, to play and enjoy the acoustic guitar. I highly recommend John if you are considering taking acoustic guitar lessons!
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Katy August 16, 2018
· Drum · In studio
John is a great teacher with the best attitude! His love of music and teaching is truly evident. He is positive and encouraging. We could not ask for a better teacher and role model for our son!
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About David R.

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Grand Rapids, MI
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Learn the style of playing bluegrass guitar in a format that breaks down and introduces concepts in an easy-to-learn method.
We can explore playing in the blazing fast styles of bluegrass music and learn patterns for scales and chords, and explore the various parts of bluegrass as a genre, classic and modern.
I can offer inside advice into getting the "sound" of these, and I can help you with your timing so no matter what you are playing, it sounds good.

We can take your first steps in music and begin your path with the bass as well as expand musical knowledge and take your playing to the goals you have.
We will Introduce and dive deeper into subjects such as Music Theory, Sight Reading and more, as you are ready.

I want to get you results as fast as possible. I know the quickest ways to show you what you really need to know to get around the things holding you back now, like finger dexterity, or memorizing patterns, and teach you methods without bad habits that give you ...

About David
My teaching style comes from listening to the direction you want to take music in your life. I learn what your goals are, and I create an individualized lesson plan that involves the desires of the apprentice musician while also including the necessary skills for growing from where you are.

More important than the advanced techniques I can teach in specific genres, I will bring foundational concepts and imperative insight when listening to any song for a play-a-long. I can show you how to break down musical components and hear parts, pick out the notes, and learn everything you need to bring the music you love to life. My goal with each lesson is to leave a student feeling empowered and inspired with the right things at the right times. Music is a journey, and that's an experience that can't be rushed.

I can relate to a lot of pro
blems that you might be having. I’ve been there before, and can help you through each challenge you face. My students will be heard, and focus will be brought to the root cause of the things you want to improve. Then we will work together to form solutions.

Through these opportunities to make playing fun, I will show you how easy it is to practice the songs you want to play so that they come out sounding how they really should. It will suddenly become easy to fill the gaps in every half-right tab and find the chords by ear as you listen and play along.

You will find elements of the bigger picture coming together in ways you may not have expected. Since music is constantly expanding our own limitations, there is always more we can achieve with it! The path from listener to musician to artist becomes walk-able at your own pace.
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Moe A. January 26, 2019
· Guitar · In home
David was very professional but also friendly and included me in the decisions about my lesson.
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About Brian A.

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Bridgeport, CT

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Lessons are based around each individual student's music goals. Simple practical methods for understanding and developing the fundamental skills needed to play songs you love and want to perform are the focus of each lesson. Teaching and performing music are what I'm passionate about. I have over twenty years of teaching experience with beginners and advanced students and have developed a curriculum that really works for all levels and styles while keeping things fun!

About Brian
I'm an experienced teacher with a background as a full time touring musician. I graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Studio Music and Jazz Performance. The focus of my music career has always been playing original music with bands but teaching has always been something I've loved too.

I've studied both classical and jazz but my favorite thing to teach people is songs. I love learning new songs and writing practical simple charts that show how they work. Playing and singing together for the first time is something magical. It's an amazing feeling and helping people learn how to do it makes me happy.

I've been teaching music for over twenty years and look forward to sharing my experience and knowledge with new students.
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Wendy January 29, 2019
· Guitar · In home
Brian has been great , he patiently provides simple tangible explanations for both guitar play and music theory. He is building a solid foundation for my musical growth and more importantly supporting and enhancing my love of music. I give Brian my highest recommendation, he's a natural teacher
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About Maxwell W.

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Forest Hills, NY

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I have been playing guitar now for 22 years. It has been a lifelong passion of mine that I would like to share with you. I like to build lessons based on music that YOU or your child enjoys listening to. I find that this approach much more rewarding and makes the motivation to practice come naturally. Most importantly I want to make sure that learning guitar is fun. Many people buy a guitar learn a few songs with power chords, get bored and then the guitar either gathers dust or ends up in a pawn shop somewhere. I not only want to teach you guitar but more importantly teach you music. I take pride in my ability to nurture passion in music which makes practicing an enjoyment rather than a chore. I will teach you or your child the foundation of music theory, chords, rhythm, scales, soloing, music genres all personalized to you. I can teach anyone from grade school to adulthood. All you need is a guitar and a willingness to learn. I can also teach beginner level piano. I hope to be ...

About Maxwell
I am passionate lifelong guitar player. I began playing when I was 8 years old and over the course of the next 22 years improved through private lessons, playing guitar in high school band, amateur rock bands as a teenager as well as studying some music theory at Brooklyn College. I am well versed in a wide array of musical genres and can tailor my lessons to your specific tastes and needs while still covering the fundamental techniques, theory, ear training and skills necessary to meet your musical goals.
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Nadia January 18, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
I am an amateur piano player and wanted to learn how to play the guitar. Max was amazing as he taught me how to transition perfectly. I am still taking lesson from him in a regular basis and my nephew will be here this summer and I’m going to have him teach him as well. What a wonderful young man and teacher!
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Dave January 18, 2019
· Electric Guitar · In studio
When I started guitar I was an absolute beginner who was lost in a sea of everyone promising you short cuts and all sorts of gimicks to learn the guitar. However after meeting max in a short couple of weeks i learned the tools i needed to reach my goals a a guitarist. With his lessons tailored to your personal musical tastes your always going to be looking forward to the next lesson , if your willing to put in the work i highly recomend him as your music teacher.
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Tom January 15, 2019
· Music Theory · In home
Had a great time with Max! He is such a good teacher and I learned how to play Stairway To Heaven!! Thanks bro, you're the best.
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About Sam B.

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Tucson, AZ

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Hello! I have played Bluegrass flat-picking and fingerstyle blues for over 10 years and I have taught in Middle and High Schools for years. I will use my skills in teaching to make sure that you're having fun while you get to know technique and theory so that you can play the way you want. I can't wait to see what you can do!

About Sam
Hi! Sam, here! I have taught Latin & Greek for years and have played music for pretty much my whole life. The majority of my musical experience is in Bluegrass and folk settings, but I can also read music and teach you standard musical theory. I earned a BA in Classics - Latin & Greek Literature from Brooklyn College in 2015 and have been teaching classical languages and history in middle and high school classrooms since then. I would love to use my experience as a teacher to make sure you're engaged and having fun from day one!
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Marilyn Ryan February 22, 2019
· Mandolin · In home
Sam Brown is patient, knowledgeable, delightful, and finds the correct lessons to suit your needs and help you form your playing style. He can teach all bluegrass instruments. Singing too! Great teacher!
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Tom February 7, 2019
· Greek · In studio
I have taken lessons in Ancient Greek with Sam for eight months. He is an excellent teacher who is patient, helpful, and encouraging. He brings not only a thorough Knowledge of Greek but also of Latin. If I had more time, I would add Latin to the classes I take with him.

I highly recommend him to anyone interested in studying classical languages.
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